Job Help for Teens

Job & Career Resources from the Boston Public Library

Afterschool and Summer Employment in Boston

  • ABCD SummerWorksopens a new window – SummerWorks has provided over 5,000 Boston youth with a summer job at more than 500 partner worksites throughout the city. A CORI* is required to complete your application. ***The 2017 SummerWorks Online Application will close June 2nd.*** Youth must be between the age of 14-21 as of June 26th.
  • Artists For Humanityopens a new window – AFH hires teens to work across 5 different studios: Painting, 3D Design, Graphics, Photography and Video & Motion. **As of January 2017, there is a temporary hold on the recruitment of new teens as AFH is expanding and moving to a larger space! Once re-opened, AFH looks forward to hiring 3X as many teens!
  • Boch Center Wang Theater – Job opportunities for teens interested in using the performing arts (dance, music, or acting) for social change.
  • BCYF Youth Engagement and Employmentopens a new window –  Opportunities for summer and school-year jobs.
  • Boston Private Industry Council (PIC)opens a new window – The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) offers Boston Public School students a variety of ways to work and learn. The PIC organizes the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Campaign and a limited number of school-year internships.
  • Jobs for Teens HQopens a new window – This website provides teens with jobs for teens by city/state, resume writing tips, job fair information, interviewing best practices, work permit info, volunteering opportunities, labor laws, and other information to help them succeed.
  • Mayor’s Youth Lineopens a new window – A resource created by Boston teens for teens and their parents.
  • Youth Conservation Corps – Apply to work outdoors as part of team with Boston Natural Areas Network to help parks in Boston.
  • Teen Employment with YMCA opens a new window– The Y has employment opportunity for teens.
  • Sociedad Latinaopens a new window – Sociedad Latina offers different job opportunity for teens as well as job development programs.

Volunteer Opportunities to Gain Job Experience

Resume Writing & Interviewing

Online Resources

*CORI stands for Criminal Offender Record Information. Many jobs might require applicants to have a police background check done before they can be hired.

Working Papers 

*In the state of Massachusetts, all teens under 18 years of age must complete a work permit application and obtain a work permit before starting a new job. You can obtain this applicationopens a new window through the Superintendent of your school. For more information, check out the Mass.govopens a new window webpage Youth Employment Permit Information.